This year, we carried out a study to discover what living ‘The Good Life’ meant to you and whether travel contributed to it. To many people, ‘The Good Life’ meant being able to relax and enjoy a time without stress or anxiety.
Our study showed that in today’s high pressured and connected world, people are finding it stressful to plan and enjoy their travels, and even struggle to switch off when away from home. Sound familiar? Here’s how to put the wonder back in your wanderlust and travel stress-free with real ease.
“More than half of people think travel is enjoyable but stressful”
Travel has become… stressful to plan
“The main causes of stress and lack of excitement before embarking on a trip are: 50% time and research needed and 39% pressures of social media”
Our passionate Travel Directors take care of planning your trip to the finest detail meaning you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. Thanks to their extensive knowledge, every trip has been designed to offer you the best possible service, experience and value. All of our selected hotels are hand-picked to fit seamlessly with your itinerary and our comfortable, air-conditioned coaches with ample leg room and reclining seats mean you can forget about navigating foreign roads and expensive tolls. Thanks to our Travel Directors’ honed skills, passion and local knowledge, your trip will run as smoothly as possible without the stress of planning the details yourself.
Travel has become… no different to being at home
“63% check the news, 57% check social media, 51% stay on top of emails”
We aim to bring you a more tactile, enriching journey; a mosaic of exceptional experiences. For example, dine with the Lenzi family on their Tuscan wine farm located on the ancient road between Siena and Florence. On this exclusive Be My Guest experience, you’ll feel like part of the family as Mrs. Lenzi gives you a tour of the vines, teaches you her traditional wine making process and treats you to a glass or two of Chianti. We’ll take you into the heart of each destination so that you feel fully immersed in a world completely different to your own.
Travel has become… an overwhelming checklist of things to do
“47% of people (close to half) admit to feeling guilty when they haven’t seen all the sights”
We’ve created trip styles that are designed as the ultimate way to discover a destination. Whether you want to focus on one place and tick off all the sights, hop borders and see more than one country or take your time exploring at leisure, we’ve got the trip style for you. What’s more, we maximise your sight-seeing time with free airport transfers to pre-booked accommodation, meaning no hassle on arrival. You can rest easy knowing that all of our itineraries are thoughtfully created to showcase the must-see sights, so you won’t miss a thing!
Travel has become… overcrowded
“61% of people agree that being in places with large crowds is a negative aspect of travel and 66% of people have experienced this during their last trip”
Nobody likes crowds. That’s why we go above and beyond to create on-trip experiences that feel intimate, exclusive and off the tourist trail. For example, we skip the queues at The Vatican Museums with our priority access and enjoy a guided tour with our Local Specialist. You’ll be able to soak up Michelangelo’s exquisite frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel in a crowd-free and peaceful environment.
Take a look at The Good Life study for more insights into what people think about travel in today’s modern society. How do you live ‘The Good Life’? What do you do to make your travels less stressful? Please leave your comments below – we would love to hear your thoughts!